Minden Hills will have some extra land by its township offices on Milne Street. The township was able to purchase the land on Prince Street adjacent to the fire hall for $60,000. The Minden Hills Fire Department will be moving to its new location along Highway 35 in the next few weeks. Council passed a bylaw to expropriate the property in February, and Mayor Brent Devolin says he’s glad to reach an agreement with the landowner.

According to the Expropriations Act, governments can take land they believe is in the best interests of the public. However, the act also says the owner must be compensated for the land. If the owner rejects the offer, he or she would receive the appraised value of the land but could make an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Devolin says the Fire Department will move into its new station on Highway 35 in the next month. He says the township wants to develop the land with the goal of attracting more visitors to the downtown core.

Devolin adds a taskforce will likely be set up in the future to decide how to use the land, which the Haliburton County Farmer’s Market uses on Saturdays starting on the May Long Weekend. The deal will close on April 18th.

Minden Hills looking to expropriate piece of land by the fire hall